Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.

Frank Schnittger

Updated: Six Nations Rugby Championship; Ireland 31, Wales 7; Scotland 30 England 21; France 13 Italy 13.

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Live Blog: Ireland 31 Wales 7 f/t A lot of people seem to be worried that complacency and over confidence could undermine this Ireland side. The thing is, a lot of them are only one bad game away from losing …

Soapbox

The Devenish controversy: Consent, Shame, and Society’s Expectations of Women…

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Deb Biddleston is a native of Manchester, now living in NI for 18 years. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. You would need to have been off grid in the last few days not to be aware of stories …

Arnold Carton

Imperfect Politicians…

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Have you ever wondered how some politicians get away with everything while others have their careers blighted by seemingly small actions that upset the wrong people? When the tape of Trump bragging about grabbing women by their pussies first leaked, …

Andy Pollak

Why the Republic of Ireland needs a new John Bruton…

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With the death earlier this month of former Taoiseach John Bruton, we have lost an important and courageous voice in the Republic of Ireland. We will need a new John Bruton to appear from somewhere: a nationalist leader who will …

Mick Fealty

“a striking manifestation of the confidence and optimism of the shared island initiative…”

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As recently as November Irish News columnist Brian Feeney wrote a column under the heading to the effect that “The Irish government and Fianna Fáil have no policy at all on the north”. [Ahem – Ed] Well, the secret of …

Brian O’Neill

Dublin daddy splash’s €800m on projects in NI…

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It is not that long ago since Ireland was an economic basket case and NI had the good roads, now the roles are reversed with Ireland having a massive budget surplus the past few years. Today the Irish government approved …

Soapbox

Northern nationalism’s biggest barrier to achieving unification is other Irish people…

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Ben M is a slugger reader from Dublin Mary Lou McDonald recently said she thought a United Ireland was “within touching distance”. The remark received little positive response, even in the south, where reactions ranged from pointing out that it …

Paul Gosling

The end of a series

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The latest series of Holywell Conversations podcasts began with reflections on the Good Friday Agreement, amidst fears that Northern Ireland’s devolution was over, and that series has now completed at a time when government has actually resumed. Over the series’ …

Frank Schnittger

United Rugby Championship round 10 review and Ireland Wales Six Nations preview.

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Scarlets 7 Munster 42 Leinster 47 Benetton 18 Cardiff 12 Connacht 16 Ospreys 19 Ulster 17   The three matchups against Welsh sides could have served as a good aperitif ahead of the Ireland Wales match next weekend, but in …